Awhile ago our group "Pieces of Eight", decided to practice painting the masters for awhile. This was a great excercise for us. We spent a lot of time reading about various artists that we admired and copying their paintings, trying to learn their techniques. It was so interesting to find out how various painters treated light, used and mixed color, picked subjects etc. I think the main thing we learned was that there are as many ways to paint as there are painters. You can copy anyone but that is all it is, a copy. When you really paint or do anything creatively for yourself it is you that comes through.